In the first-ever international soccer game at Kenan Memorial Stadium — which 50,596 fans attended — Chelsea handled Wrexham 5-0 on Wednesday night.
Wrexham opened the game on the attack and pressing with a high back line. However, Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea made quick work on the counter attack, and opening the scoring with a left footed from Ian Maatsen that made it past Wrexham keeper Ben Foster just three minutes into the game.
Wrexham had an opportunity to go forward, but Chelsea was able to clear it and avoid danger. Wrexham had another chance with a cross into the box a few minutes later, which was cleared before Elliot Lee attempted a bicycle kick from the left side of the box that went wide. Chelsea then had a chance of their own, but a pass to the right side of the box just slid past the foot of Maatsen.
Paul Mullin won Wrexham their second corner of the night, but Tom O'Connor's cross sailed past the far post. Chelsea then commanded the ball, keeping hold of possession in the back and working to pick apart the Wrexham defense — something that Wrexham head coach Phil Parkinson expected to happen before the game.
On a long throw-in, Wrexham had another chance but the header was put just wide of the post. Chelsea, however, continued to dominate possession, giving Wrexham few chances going forward. The Blues broke through again in the 42nd minute, with Maatsen burying his second of the night off of a one-two with Carney Chukwuemeka to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
"It's good to have the opportunity to see what these guys, young guys, that can show the quality that we talked (about) before," Pochettino said. "I think it's important for them and for us to have a real assessment."
Both Wrexham and Chelsea made changes following the halftime break, with Raheem Sterling and Christopher Nkunku coming on for the Blues.
The second half started out physical and with Wrexham looking to create chances when they could. A wave of substitutions around the 60 minute mark saw six fresh Wrexham players take the pitch.
"First of all, the physical element of it, I thought we worked very hard," Parkinson said. "And we had to because Chelsea have got so many technical players."